hel·​lion | \ ˈhel-yən How to pronounce hellion (audio) \

Definition of hellion

: a troublesome or mischievous person

Examples of hellion in a Sentence

My children can act like little hellions when they're bored. the little hellions were tearing through the house squirting their water pistols
Recent Examples on the Web From luxury sedan to hellion at the touch of a button, rear-drive mode, 10.8-second quarter. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 20 Oct. 2021 Indeed, the Type S bears no similarity to the Civic Type R, Honda’s halo hellion. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 9 Oct. 2021 Honda is expert at putting torque to the road in front-wheel-drive cars (see the 292-horse Civic Type R hellion), and Accord’s no different. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 31 July 2021 The group agrees to answer Mary’s murder by burning a shipment of munitions at Lord Massen’s factory, an uninspiring retaliation suggested by Lucy, who’s usually more of a hellion. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 2 May 2021 For the next 32 years, in photographs and two films (directed by her husband, Martin Bell ), Mark chronicled Tiny’s development from streetwise hellion, to teen prostitute and drug addict, to struggling mother of 10 children. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, 1 May 2021 My younger kid, Dan, was a bit of a hellion, who, classically, Resisted Authority. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2021 Contributor John Pearley Huffman, who was a little under the weather this week and not his shouty self, selected a 464-hp hellion: a primo Cadillac ATS-V sedan. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 5 Feb. 2021 My kids seemed adorable, completely unlike the hellions who made me pull the car over on the Henry Hudson Parkway just hours earlier and threaten them with military school. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, 4 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of hellion

1787, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hellion

probably alteration (influenced by hell) of hallion scamp

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“Hellion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellion. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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